Friends of Fort Flagler to host Audubon naturalist

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Posted 11/15/20

Friends of Fort Flagler will host an opportunity for the public to hear from Gary Eduardo Perless, an Audubon volunteer naturalist, as part of a special presentation “From Christmas Hunt to …

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Friends of Fort Flagler to host Audubon naturalist

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Friends of Fort Flagler will host an opportunity for the public to hear from Gary Eduardo Perless, an Audubon volunteer naturalist, as part of a special presentation “From Christmas Hunt to Christmas Bird Count.”

The program is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

Attendees will learn how a holiday tradition changed from killing to counting our feathered friends, and Perless will share his experiences about the Christmas Bird Count on Marrowstone Island and offer tips on identifying the types of birds that call Fort Flagler home.

The free program will be offered online. To register, send your name, email and place of residence to FortFlaglerFriends@gmail.com.

Group officials will reply with links and instructions.

Perless is a volunteer naturalist with the Audubon Society, leading walks throughout Jefferson County. He has a degree in geography, has worked as a science teacher, outdoor educator, and conservation promoter for a Peruvian cloud forest reserve near Machu Picchu, and has dedicated his life to connecting people with nature and educating the public on critical environmental issues.

This program is part of an effort by Friends of Fort Flagler to expand its focus to include the natural history of the park.

“We will be working with park staff to enhance the natural environment by working on the trails, removing invasive species, and restoring the natural habitat,” noted Friends of Fort Flagler. “We are also looking forward to providing a variety of educational opportunities for our park visitors to include interpretive programs, and exhibits.”

To learn more, visit www.friendsoffortflagler.org.

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